LIFE IN A CHI PACK!*

Life in a Chi pack!*

*as told by Lynne MacLellan, an enthusiastic and experienced Chihuahua breeder  with her “MONET”,  a Coton de Tulear pup!

 

How did you discover the Coton breed? 

SOME YEARS BACK A LADY CAME TO THE HALIFAX KENNEL CLUB SHOW & TRIALS WITH THE COTONS AND GAVE US A DETAILED VIEW OF THE BREED AT THE RARE SHOW. (THIS WAS MARIE-FRANCE BUT I DID NOT KNOW HER THEN. I WATCHED HER FOR A FEW YEARS AND THEN SPOKE TO HER ONE AND BELIEVED SHE DID KNOW HER BREED AND UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO WITH ONE)

- Why did you decide to add a Coton to your family?

IT HAS BEEN ONE OF GREAT DEBATE TO BE HONEST. I WANTED SOMETHING TO PLAY WITH IN THE RING AND LEARN AS I GO. THE COTON FOR ME IS A NEW BREED AND INTERESTING AND UNLIKE ANY I HAD SEEN. THE INTRIGUE I SUPPOSE OF SHOWING ONE IS RATHER EXCITING.

- How did you introduce “Monet the Coton” to your other dogs?

AS I HAVE WITH ANY NEW DOG, SLOWLY AND IN AN X-PEN AND AFTER TWO DAYS HE WAS A CHIHUAHUA!

 

- How did Monet react to the Chi and the Papillion?

HE LIKES THE CHI'S AND AS THE ONLY PAP I DID HAVE IS NOW GONE TO HER NEW HOME. HE IS THE BIG CHI IN THE HOUSE. CHIS COME AND GO WITH US FOR TRAINING OR SOCIALIZING AND MONET TAKES IT IN STRIDE. IT IS JUST ONE THAT VISITS AND IS GONE, HE IS VERY GOOD TO TRY AND WELCOME A NEW ONE.

- Does he think he is a Chi or a Pap?             DEFINITELY A CHI!

 

- Does he have a best friend?

HE SEEMS TO LIKE A MALE THAT IS GOING TO TASMANIA IN A MONTH TEX-R-CANA BUT HE DOES PLAY WITH RASCAL AS WELL. 

 

- If yes, how do they do get along together?

THEY ARE ALL GREAT AND ONE BEGINS THE HOLE AND EVERYONE DOES THEIR PART. I WILL SAY MONET STARTS THE HOLE AND USUALLY FINISHES IT. THEY DIG TILL THEY HIT ROCK.

- How does he do in the pack?

HE FOLLOWS THE OLDER ONES TO AND FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE AND KNOWS HIS AREA FOR EATING AND SLEEPING. HE DOES NOT BOTHER WITH ANOTHER HOUSE OR THEM HIS. 

 

-Is he a leader? Or at the bottom of the group?

HE IS A LEADER IN HOLE DIGGING. NO ONE IS THE BOTTOM AS I FEEL THEY ALL GIVE AND TAKE HERE HE IS ONE OF THEM AND THEY ONE OF HIM. HOPE THAT MAKES SENSE; OR A MEMBER OF THE PACK?

- What do you like about Monet; any problem with him?

HE IS A BREED THAT REQUIRES A BIT MORE CARE AND I HAVE THE TIME AND ENJOY THE SOLITUDE AND OUR TIME TOGETHER. HIS BOTTOM END REQUIRES MORE CLEAN UP TIME THAN THE OTHER BREEDS I HAVE HAD BUT TRULY IT IS A MINOR ONE. I THING THE DIRTY WEATHER IS NOT THE BEST BUT WE ARE GRASS, WOOD AND PATIO BLOCKS FOR BETTER COAT CLEANLINESS. 


- What about the other human member in your family?

MY HUSBAND GERRY CALLS HIM AS HE DOES THE CHIS, ALL HIS KIDS--- AND HE GETS HIS TREATS AND LOVE AS THE OTHERS DO. ALTHOUGH HE WEIGHS IN AS NEARLY THREE TIMES THEIR WEIGHT. HE NEVER THE LESS GETS HIS HUGS AND LOVES. GERRY IS A WONDERFUL MAN WITH THE DOGS AND HIS THOUGHTS ARE ALWAYS IF I AM HAPPY HE IS HAPPY.

- If you compare with the Chi and the Papillion, what are your thoughts?

HE IS NOT A CHI OR PAP NOR ARE THEY ALIKE TRULY. HE IS MORE DOG THAN I HAVE HAD IN AWHILE. IT TAKES LONGER TO GROOM, BUT WHEN DONE TRULY A MASTERPIECE AND HE LOVES IT ALL. THE PAMPER IS PART OF HIS DAILY CARE BUT I CAN TELL YOU NAIL CUTTING IS NOT. OTHER WISE AS FOR BEING A "DAWG" HE IS JUST LIKE THE CHIS AND THE PAPS.  

 

- A funny experience with him?

WELL HE LOVES THE POOL AND WHEN IT WAS WARMER HE WAS THE FIRST ONE IN AND THE LAST ONE OUT. HE LOVED TO BE IN THERE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. HEAVEN HELP THE ONE THAT CHALLENGED HIS POOL TIME. HE WOULD SPLASH THEM UNTIL THEY LEFT HIS POOL. WE RECTIFIED THIS BY PUTTING UP TWO AND THEN HE CHOOSES HIS AND THEY HAD THEIRS.
                                         
- A bad experience with him?

WE HAVE HAD A FEW BAD HAIR DAYS WITH DIRT AND RAIN BUT HONESTLY NOTHING OF ANY GREAT MERIT. HE WAS A HANDFUL ON THE TREAD MILL AT FIRST BUT NOW GOES ON WITHOUT A LEAD AND WALKS ABOUT 15 MINUTES THREE TIMES A WEEK WITH ME OR ANOTHER CHI!  NO SMALL RUBBER TOYS AROUND AND IF HE IS BORED HE WILL FIND SOMETHING TO KEEP HIM OCCUPIED LOVED A SPOOL OF THREAD AND IT WAS A PAIN STAKING MESS TO CUT IT OUT OF HIS COAT CAREFULLY NOT TO HARM HIS HAIR BUT WE DID IT. HE THOUGHT IT WAS MUMMY ME TIME I AM SURE.  HE LOVES TO BE IN THE CROWD WHETHER TO SLEEP IN A PACK LIKE A BALL OF SNAKES OR LIE ABOUT IN THE SUN ON THE DECK AND PATIO BLOCKS. 

                     
- How can you describe until now your experience with a Coton?

I HAVE LEARNED A LOT WITH MONET AND I FEEL AM A BETTER PERSON TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF SUCH A BREED. HE IS ONE TO NEVER WASTE A MOMENT OF DAYLIGHT AND IS NEVER FUSSY OR DESTRUCTIVE. HE SEEMS TO BLOOM EVERYDAY AND I SHALL BE ON TENDER HOOKS THE FIRST TIME HE IS IN THE RING.  

 

-Was it a good decision to welcome him into the pack?

EXCELLENT AND I SHALL SAY THAT I HOPE HE IS NOT MY LAST. IT IS AS THOUGH HE WAS BORN HERE. MONET IS A WELCOMED ADDITION AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE COMMENTS OF THE CROWD WHEN HE MAKES HIS DEBUT. I HOPE TO HONOUR MARIE-FRANCE AND MAKE HER PROUD!

                                 
- Other questions or comments???

AS IN ANY BREED, I ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WATCH AND READ ON A BREED OR ANY ANIMAL THEY ARE THINKING OF ADDING TO THEIR FAMILY. A DOG IS SUCH A LONG TIME FRIEND WITH NEEDS AND WANTS THAT WE THE HUMAN ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. SO WHEN TAKING ON A NEW FRIEND, WE TAKE ON ALL THAT ENTAILS AND I FEEL A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT THINK BEYOND THE FLUFFY PUPPY WITH THE PINK TONGUE! MINEGOLD IS VERY PROUD OF OUR NEW BOY AND LOOK OUT CFC SHOW (CANINE FEDERATION OF CANADA) HERE WE COME!